Here at Carmel College, we offer an innovative Foundation Year for Human and Health Professions. From this course, there is progression onto Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science degrees at the University of Liverpool and guaranteed progression to Year 1 for those students who meet the progression criteria.

DentistryDiagnostic Radiography
Dental TherapyOccupational Therapy
Veterinary ScienceTherapeutic Radiography & Oncology

Carmel College gained exclusive academic approval for the delivery of the Foundation to Health and Veterinary Studies programme in 2006. This unique course has been designed for individuals with relevant work experience or for those who have a degree in a subject which is not science based.

This programme builds on the highly successful Foundation to Science and Engineering programmes delivered effectively at Carmel College since 1995. In addition to the inspirational teaching and support offered, students will be members of the University of Liverpool. Therefore, students are guaranteed accommodation and the use of all student facilities at the University. Loans and bursaries may also be available to students.

Please note that application to this programme is through the online university admissions procedure at (see course codes below). This is specifically targeted at Home/EU mature and non-traditional students who typically have taken a break from studies.

When applying, you must ensure that you apply for one programme that you wish to progress on to. Multiple applications will be rejected and result in disappointment. We will also not consider applications from applicants who have multiple UCAS applications for a variety of programmes, as this does not demonstrate a clear commitment.

Course Codes

  • 0AAW Foundation to Health and Veterinary Studies (Dentistry)
  • 789S Foundation to Heath and Veterinary Studies (Medicine)
  • 74JJ Foundation to Health and Veterinary Studies (Veterinary Science)

Foundation to Human and Animal Health Professions Entry Criteria

  • Maths GCSE at grade B / 6 or above
  • English Language GCSE at grade B / 6 or above
  • Sciences GCSE at grade B / 6 or above – including either core and additional science or two separate sciences.
  • A total of FIVE GCSEs at grade B / 6 or above
  • Relevant work experience

Further information on the programme can be found here on the University of Liverpool website

What Our Students Say

It is not an exaggeration to say that completing the Foundation to Health Studies (Medicine) Programme at Carmel College has changed my life. After 17 years as an Art teacher, I have graduated in Medicine. The Carmel College programme gave me the opportunity to realise my dream of becoming a doctor despite my non-science background. A guaranteed progression onto the MBChB at Liverpool, provided that students gain the necessary progression marks, which is a unique and wonderful feature of the course. For me, it meant that if I worked hard I knew that I would get the reward that I so badly wanted - a place at Medical School.

I thoroughly enjoyed the programme; the teaching was excellent and inspiring and Carmel College is a welcoming and friendly place for mature students. Now that I am actually a doctor I have to pinch myself to make sure that I am awake! I would not hesitate to recommend this course to anyone who aspires to train as a doctor or dentist, but thinks that they have missed their chance. You haven't! There is still time and you CAN reach that goal through Foundation to Health Studies.

Jude Blackmore